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Supreme Court Rejects Two New Abortion Cases

posted on June 28, 2016

Lawrence Hurley of Reuters writes, “The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand lower court rulings that blocked restrictions on doctors who perform abortions in Mississippi and Wisconsin a day after the court struck down a similar measure in Texas.” The laws in Mississippi and Wisconsin would have required abortion doctors to hold admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Hurley writes, “The ruling is likely to encourage abortion rights advocates to challenge similar restrictive laws in other states.”

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House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton

posted on June 28, 2016

The New York Times’ David M. Herszenhorn writes, “Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead.” Though the report was critical of the Obama administration, the Defense and State Departments, it found that American forces in Europe could not have saved those killed regardless of how they had been ordered to proceed.

Read at The New York Times

Online, Muslim Women Face Threats from Islamophobes and Reformers

posted on June 28, 2016

For Religion News Service, Aysha Khan writes about the hate speech Muslim women face on social media. In online spaces, Muslim women often deal with anti-Islam bigotry and other forms of harassment. Khan writes, “While anti-Muslim attacks are nothing new, legal protections from online versions are limited. Both laws and law enforcement are often unequipped to deal with digital forms of harassment.”

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

posted on June 27, 2016

Reuters’ Lawrence Hurley reports, “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics.” In the court’s 5-to-3 ruling, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority, “We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes.”

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Aziz Ansari: Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family

posted on June 27, 2016

In The New York Times, comedian Aziz Ansari, the child of Muslim immigrants, writes that Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric has caused him to fear for his family’s safety. Ansari writes, “In our culture, when people think ‘Muslim,’ the picture in their heads is not usually of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or the kid who left the boy band One Direction. It’s of a scary terrorist character from ‘Homeland’ or some monster from the news.”

Read at The New York TImes

Northern Ireland Left Reeling After Brexit Vote

posted on June 27, 2016

At Deutsche Welle, Peter Geoghegan writes about the impact Brexit could have on Northern Ireland, a U.K. region that voted to stay in the European Union. The EU was an important mediator of British-Irish tensions in the region, and some Irish politicians have expressed worries over Brexit’s impact on the Northern Ireland peace process. Geoghegan writes, “A referendum on Irish unification is unlikely in the short term. But the future of Northern Ireland is far more uncertain now than it has been for many years.”

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A Born-Again Donald Trump? Believe It, Evangelical Leader Says

posted on June 27, 2016

In The New York Times, Trip Gabriel and Michael Luo report that conservative Christian activist James Dobson suggested that Donald Trump recently accepted Christ and is now a born-again Christian. Dobson made the claim in a June 21 interview with the Rev. Michael Anthony at a meeting between Trump and hundreds of conservative Christian leaders. Though Trump has struggled to discuss his faith, he has gained the support of Christian leaders since becoming the presumptive Republican. Gabriel and Luo write, “In his interview, Dr. Dobson conceded that Mr. Trump did not exactly fit the typical mold of an evangelical.”

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Thrilling Christian Conservative Audience, Trump Vows to Lift Ban on Politicking, Appoint Antiabortion Judges

posted on June 22, 2016

The Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein and Julie Zauzmer report that Donald Trump received a standing ovation on Tuesday at his New York meeting with conservative Christian leaders. Trump assured his audience that he would reverse a law that prevents tax-exempt religious organizations from politicking, and he pledged to fill the Supreme Court with anti-abortion judges. Boorstien and Zauzmer write, “At the end of the event, the campaign announced an ‘evangelical executive board,’ which included 21 names: 20 men and one woman, former congresswoman Michele Bachmann.”

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